Don’t Let the “Fall Back” Time Change Mess You Up, Going Forward!

Now that we have turned the clocks back an hour, don’t let it disrupt your sleep.

Though we did get the opportunity for an extra hour of sleep, that doesn’t mean we used the hour that way Some of us used the time to catch up on work.  And, the time change can still mess with us – make us feel more tired than usual, even if we did get extra rest.

To prevent getting messed up:

1.  Stick to your sleeping pattern.  Luckily having the clocks “fall back” is easier on your body than when they “spring forward.”  However:  Now that the amount of daylight is different, when we wake and when we go to bed, that can mess up our “circadian rhythm,” or our sleep cues from the sky.

If you’re having trouble falling asleep, use this military techniqueClear your mind, and take several very deep breaths.  Keep doing this…  It really works.

2.  Don’t use technology in the bedroom.  If falling asleep becomes a struggle, it might be tempting to flip through your phone in bed, or watch a few more episodes of something on Netflix.

But the blue light from the screens will just confuse your body even more.  So try not to use technology for at least an hour before you want to go to bed . . . and definitely don’t use it BECAUSE you can’t fall asleep.

3.  Avoid naps.  What?  Yep.  Naps seem like a good idea, when your body clock is out of sync.  But they can lower the quality of your actual sleep, later that night.  [If you HAVE to nap, make sure it’s short, like 10 to 20 minutes.]

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